RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Tuesday, February 23:
COVID-19 cases increased by 1,769 bringing the state total to 567,039. Deaths in the Commonwealth are at 7,658.
The positivity rate in Virginia decreased to 8.3 percent.
According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 46,052 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital.
Currently, there are 1,540 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 315 are in the ICU and 196 are on a ventilator.
VDH is reporting that a total of 1,602,502 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered as of Feb. 22.
In Virginia, 13.1 percent of the population have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A total of 481,287 people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia. According to the most recent Census data, there are 8,535,519 people living in the state.
On average 30,887 COVID-19 vaccine doses are administered every day.
Virginia’s pre-registration system open
Virginians hoping to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine are now able to through a new statewide pre-registration system that opened Wednesday morning.
CLICK HERE to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia.
Coronavirus testing near you
- Wednesdays: Feb. 24 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. St. Augustine Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road.
- Thursday: Feb. 25 – 10 a.m. to noon. Walmsley United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd.
- Thursday: Feb. 25 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 3300 Broad Rock Boulevard
COVID-19 at local universities
As of Feb. 22, the college has reported:
- 74 active student cases and 10 active employee cases of COVID-19.
- 19 students are in isolation on campus.
- 41 students are in quarantine on campus.
As of Feb. 22, here is what the college has reported:
- 14 current active COVID-19 cases
- January 2021 monthly positivity was 3.6%
- 10,829 total COVID-19 tests*
*Total COVID tests are the total number of PCR or antigen tests conducted by UR or self-reported by students, faculty and staff.
Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia
- Charles City County: 410 cases, 12 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 23,812 cases, 356 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 1,386 cases, 46 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 2,145 cases, 54 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 3,220 cases, 64 deaths
- City of Richmond: 14,971 cases, 214 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,825 cases, 33 deaths
- Goochland County: 1,225 cases, 17 deaths
- Hanover County: 6,782 cases, 138 deaths
- Henrico County: 21,639cases, 537 deaths
- New Kent County: 1,258 cases, 12 death
- Powhatan County: 1,661 cases, 10 deaths
- Some Virginia residents are raising concerns about COVID-19 vaccination scheduling. They told 8News, they're worried that there could be a potential to miss an opportunity for an appointment, as the Department of Health is reaching out through unknown numbers.
- Some New York lawmakers are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's impeachment after reports late Thursday that his top aides altered a state Health Department report to omit the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state's nursing homes.
- A total of 763,439 people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia. According to the most recent Census data, there are 8,535,519 people living in the state.
- Health experts are trying to determine how effective the COVID-19 vaccine is at stopping the spread of the virus.
- A family is grieving a loss as painful as it is surprising. They believe 48-year-old father Ben Price took his own life after developing a rare and little understood phenomenon called "COVID psychosis."
- The Crater Health District will now be holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Virginia State University. The first clinic will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center.
- Some people are now scouring the internet on the hunt for vaccine events and possible extra doses. They then show up at local pharmacies hoping to score a shot.
- The report links obesity with a series of health complications related to COVID-19. It found that increased bodyweight "is the second greatest predictor of hospitalization and a high risk of death for people suffering from COVID-19."
- Physicians nationwide have noticed the COVID-19 vaccine can cause swollen lymph nodes that mammograms are picking up, said a Louisiana radiologist.
- The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that a child in Central Virginia died from complications of a chronic health condition and COVID-19.